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6/7/11 12:06 A

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Jenn you are more than welcome. So glad that we have been able to help you.
I am like you as I love pasta and so far the ones that I have made are very good. The one thing that I have noticed on the gf pasta is that you cannot over cook as it gets too mushy. The one thing that I missed alot was the egg noodles and finally found gf egg noodles and they really taste very good.

I am glad that your sciatic pain has decreased and the longer you are gf, you will feel so much better. Take care and happy to hear how you are doing,

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6/6/11 9:31 A

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Thanks for all of your comments.

The other day I was frustrated because it seemed like EVERYTHING I wanted to eat was laced with wheat somewhere. Even Rice-A-Roni or Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice is laced with wheat! I was soooo frustrated that I walked out of the store in a huff (it was a local grocery store that has little to no specialized food. They FINALLY got whole wheat pasta when I requested it and set up an organic section, but the organic section has since been removed). I love going to the larger chain groceries because they have a specialized section for gluten free. SOOOO many gluten free products! I love rice pasta and I enjoy quinoa. Need to find other ways to make quinoa because the DH did NOT like it when I made it with chicken broth. He said it sucked, but I enjoyed it. he also had it reheated and not fresh, so that might be the biggest issue.

I have found a way to make some of my recipes gf, which is very helpful. the rice pasta was probably by far the biggest boost in motivation to date b/c I love love LOVE pasta and didn't know how I was going to survive without it!

Anyhow, I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome and the support. I've had decreased sciatic pain since switching over (of course, I still cheat and that brings the pain back) and can't wait to see the changes in my family as well.

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6/4/11 2:23 A

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I've meant to answer on this thread for ages, and then the computer crashed. I am not a runner, but do have problems with lots of joint and nerve pain. I also had a wildly yoyoing thyroid. I gave up milk for two weeks, and had no change in symptoms. Then, after going back to "normal" I ditched the gluten after some nutritional testing. I felt so much better in a week, that I was convinced.
To prove it to myself, at a time when I knew I'd not be going much of any place for a couple of days, I had a bowl of my former favorite whole grain Nature's Path cereal. I was miserable for four days with increase joint and nerve pain, congestion, headache, and digestive issues. I never knowingly cheat.
I agree with lots of Barb's suggestions. I make a GF scone with the Gluten Free Pantry muffin and scone mix which is pretty awesome! Like many, I don't eat as much bread, but get my carbs from some of that as well as quinoa, which also has protein, Bionaturae pasta, GF oats and Crunchmaster multigrain GF crackers. Don't forget that potatoes, prepared at home and in some restaurants are GF as well.
As for dairy, I have done way better going to hormone free dairy products. I have felt so much better that, even though I sacrifice a bit of convenience, I'll never go back again. My family has been pretty cooperative about eating what I fix, as long as I don't preach at them when they order in pizza or get burritos or fried chicken when we're out. BTW: rice and corn Chex both make great breading for fish and chicken, though I prefer both unbreaded.
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5/21/11 12:55 A

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Hi and welcome to the team.

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5/20/11 4:18 P

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Hi Jenn and welcome to this site. I am not a runner but do exercise at least 5 days a week. I have been gf for almost 2 yrs and feel so much better. I have had rls (restless leg syndrome) for the over 30 yrs and I can say since I have been gf, I am doing somewhat better. Still now and then have the symptoms but not like they were.

When I was tested for Celiac, it came up negative; however my younger sister is Celiac and almost died from it. I could of gone again and got retested and had them take more biopsies but I do not want to go through feeling so sick again. I am definitely gluten intolerant. As far as I am concerned whether I am celiac or gluten intolerant does not make a difference. I know how I feel and that is all that's important.

I am glad that you feel so much better and please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Welcome again and as you can see you received some great advise from other members.

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5/19/11 5:06 P

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Hi! I am gluten, dairy (and corn and peanut) free. Feeling better is worth making up new menus. I have had Amy's frozen gluten and dairy free pizzas but only have them very infrequently.

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5/19/11 2:59 P

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Welcome Jenn- Starting out gluten free can seem overwhelming. Thought I would give you a list of my favorite foods that are gluten free and my favorite cookbook to help you as you start.
Rudi's multigrain gluten free bread, raisin bread, hotdog buns and hamburger buns
Bionaturae gluten free pasta and Mrs. Lepers Corn Pasta
Pacific foods gluten free cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup
Blue Diamond gluten free crackers
Costco Baked chicken
Nature's market and Trader Joe's gluten free foods
Pamela's Baking mix, bread mix and brownie mix. (Pamela's web site tells you how to use these mixes for pizza crust, bread, muffins, pancakes etc)
Favorite Cookbook is by Carol Fenster: "1000 gluten free recipes" and favorite flour blend is her sorghum blend which is easy to substitute for regular flour in recipes. She shows you how to convert your own recipes to gluten free and gives many recipe ideas.
Any other ideas you need feel free to visit my sparkpage and ask me any questions or request information on how to make something. I love to cook and gluten free has become pretty easy for me. You can do this if you take one day at a time. Smiles Barb




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5/19/11 2:15 P

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That's very interesting. I didn't know that about sciatica. I've been gluten free for a year (tomorrow to be exact). I have had some slip ups and believe me, I've paid for them. I went GF after having pain in my digestive system. My doctor said it could be diverticulitis. Then she put me on antibiotics. The antibiotics didn't help at all. In fact, I think they made me worse. I ate some bread and felt even worse. That's when I took myself off gluten.

I have had sciatica issues for a long time. Now that I think about it, I still have the tightness, but the nerve pain seems to be much better.

There are plenty of options for GF. I use rice pasta instead of wheat pasta. I use quinoa often. I've even been known to substitute lentils for pasta. Gluten free breads are pretty easy to find at most supermarkets. They are expensive, but I eat a lot less bread than I used to.

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I am a runner too and find I don't need all the carbs I thought I would. Plus, if you are a person that does need them GF pastas and replacement products are very high carb. I do have a dairy issue too and there are other products depending what you discover your issue to be.

I would give it a good try for the 2 weeks, then add either gluten or dairy back and see. Then wait and do the other in a week or 2 more. I never would have thought I had a dairy issue either until I did this.

It seems overwhelming right now but really it isn't once you get used to it. Right now stick to basic meals with a meat, potato or rice, and some veggies. Salads are great for lunch, or dinner leftovers. I eat eggs most mornings, or there is GF cereal, even some General Mills. Oats are not unless they are specified and are also a risk for a reaction even then. I would stay away for now.

There is a "what's on your menu?" thread under the recipes forum, plus a lot in the sticky topics. emoticon

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5/19/11 1:47 P

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Jenn,

Feel free to hang out and also check out the recipes and local eats threads. I'll be right back with some links for you.

Here is a link to a helpful thread:

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5/19/11 1:46 P

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Hi Jenn,

I'm a runner too and I have been GF for 3 yrs now. It's doable! Well, you just can't join in on the pasta dinners!

there is GF pasta, rice, GF Breads, potatoes... plenty of other ways to get your carbs in w/o eating pasta.

Please note, if your pain goes away being gluten free, do not bother to get tested unless you want to be miserable and go back on gluten for a few months. I was 1 month free, went back on for 1 week, it was horrid. Then tested negative via blood test. Was told to be on gluten for months and I said no way! Why be miserable when the end result is do not eat gluten???

There are many bloggers out there that are baking w/o gluten and the stuff is fabulous. Besides.. being GF means you can say no to the bakery items at the office, I found this helped me tremendously!

Again, Grilled cheese isn't an issue, use GF bread. Unless you are going non dairy, then I believe there is options there too.

This is pretty big step... why don't you remove dairy first from your diet and see if that works vs removing both items? I personally do not have an issue with dairy.





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5/19/11 1:26 P

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Let me start by saying that I'm a runner who has been dealing with one runner's ache after another since November. Since we're not finding any resolution to them, my chiropractor suggested I eliminate some foods from my diet and see if that helps alleviate my pain (sciatica pain with no "cause"). She suggested I start out by eliminating all garbage, bread and pasta, and ideally she'd like to see milk eliminated too. So, that's what I've done. And this got me to researching to see if what she's thinking is accurate.

It sounds like neuropathy is a "symptom" of celiac and/or gluten intolerance, and if that's the case with me, great! At least I know what to do to make the pain go away... however, just giving up those few things is difficult for me. As a runner, I eat pasta nearly 4x per week! I eat light yogurt EVERY day, use milk and/or cheese in nearly every recipe I make... so this is hard. I've been doing this for 2 days (half way through day 3) and I'm at a loss for meal ideas!

Plus, I keep coming up with food items I won't be able to eat again without having a special recipe: pizza, cinnamon rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc, etc, etc. So... I'm troubled.

Of course, I've not been diagnosed or even tested, and this is just a theory that these foods are causing in inflammatory response that is causing my pain. Additionally, she said only 2 weeks..

I've read that a lot of runners benefit from a gluten-free lifestyle, but is this something I can really, honestly maintain for life? If it was a necessity, sure, I could do it... but right now I'm doubtful that it's necessary. But again, I've experienced *some* of the symptoms but didn't put any thought into them, so maybe there's a bit of intolerance there? Idk... guess we'll have to wait it out and see.

So anyhow, I'm not sure if I belong here, but I'd like to hang out for a bit and see what I can learn.

Thanks!

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